The Best Breakfast Places in London: Healthy Choices
Discover the best London neighbourhoods for healthy breakfasts and brunches
Move over LA, because London knows something about healthy, delicious breakfasts. From superfood smoothies to gourmet granola, this city is teeming with nutritious ways to start your day. For all you health-conscious kale lovers out there, we here at Plum Guide have compiled a list of the best breakast places in London for getting your vitamin fix.
Shoreditch - breakfasts from around the world
The Notting Hill neighbourhoood may be famed as one of London's most vibrant, largely thanks to its iconic carnival, but we think Shoreditch is where it's at when it comes to exciting global-inspired breakfasts. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Andina serves healthy food and drinks inspired by the Peruvian Andes. A light and bright space with bare wooden tables and brightly coloured wall hangings, Andina is the perfect place to spend a sunny morning. The superfood smoothies are as colourful as the walls and come in an array of vivid hues, while the sweet potato pancakes are a particular highlight of the food menu.
Stuck for where to grab breakfast in London? We’ve got you covered. Make like the Fresh Prince and head to Bel-Air, a bright California themed cafe serving up healthy gourmet breakfasts. With a sunny interior and a menu to match, this really is feel good fast food. The salted date caramel porridge is well worth an order; while the Topanga Canyon breakfast bun is a winner if you’re in the mood for something savoury. Bursting with goodness, Bel-Air is the place to be for a little piece of Californian sunshine. If you want to stay in this part of towm, choose from our amazing collection of homes in East London like this home with unbeatable views.
Chelsea - relaxed weekend restaurants
The Good Life Eatery
Frequently rated one of London's safest neighbourhoods, Chelsea also boasts a wealth of excellent breakfast places. Just a few minutes walk from the King's Road, the Good Life Eatery is a healthy hangout perfect for relaxed weekends – switching off is the name of the game here. Step away from the Macbook because in this cafe the good life also apparently means no WiFi. Stand-out food options include the chestnut and almond waffles, along with the Skinny Royale breakfast – a winning combination of poached eggs, smoked salmon and saffron yogurt.
With Juicebaby it’s all about the liquids. One of the best is the G.L.O juice, a grapefruit, orange and lemon blend, which makes your skin do exactly what the name suggests. The smoothie selection is strong: Purple Haze, with its mix of berries, banana, coconut and cashew butter, is as vivid in flavour as it is in colour. The breakfast options are simple but tasty, with the Chia Berry Parfait the stand-out. Inside the shop, the interior is comfy and fun, with lots of cushions and a giant chalkboard wall covered in feel-good messages to help start your day with a smile.
Sydney Street Farmers Market
Why check out just one of London's best breakfast places, when you could sample a whole range of tasty treats? For those looking for something a little different at breakfast time, head down to the Farmers Market on Sydney Street. Don’t expect the traditional market fare of farmers selling their produce. This is Chelsea, darling. This quiet enclave off the Kings Road is made up of an array of individual stalls offering up al fresco dining the only way SW3 knows how. In summer, lunchtime diners fill the courtyard at the heart of the market, enjoying some culinary treats in the shade of oversized umbrellas. Fancy staying in the neighbourhood? You'll love this quintessentially English home.
Fitzrovia - an Instagrammer's paradise
Honey & Co.
A great neighbourhood for families visiting London, not least because of its proximity to Regent's Park and Regent's Canal, Fitzrovia is home to some of London's best places for breakast. First among these is Honey & Co. Set up by culinary power-couple Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the daintily decorated Honey & Co serves up Middle Eastern deliciousness at all times of the day. For breakfast though, their spicy shakshuka – a classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish of eggs braised in tomatoes – is a must try. For those in search of something sweet, the yoghurt, fruit and Ashura cereal pot is packed with healthy yet indulgent goodness. For coffee lovers, it’s definitely worth trying a pot of their Turkish coffee – though be warned, it’s deliciously strong and not for the uninitiated. Intrigued? Be sure to check out Honey & Co.’s majorly popular Instagram account to see what all the fuss is about. Stay nearby in one of our stylish Fitzrovia homes like Albertina or Once in a Blue Moon.
Maple & Fitz
With its clean, bright white aesthetic, stepping into Maple & Fitz feels like the detox is underway before you’ve even eaten anything. The avocado and chilli toast is zinging with freshness and flavour, while the granola parfait is simply divine. Aside from their selection of tasty culinary treats, Maple & Fitz also has a kick-ass selection of home-pressed juices that are bursting with flavour. Among the best is the metabolising Yonce Lemonade, which is as light and fizzy as Queen B herself; and the energising Little Miss Sunshine, which is made with grapefruit, ginger and cayenne.
Exploring the best breakfast places in London is practically a culinary tour of the globe. Set up in 2008 by a group of Australian chefs who wanted to show all they loved and missed about the thriving café culture of their home country, Lantana is laid-back, modern and oh-so Aussie. With simple clean décor that lets the menu do the talking, Lantana also delights coffee snobs with super-smooth flat whites. The highlight of the food menu is without doubt the corn fritters with smashed avocado and lemon crème fraiche. The perfect setting for relaxing and reading the paper in the sun, at Lantana you’ll feel like a regular Melburnian.
Covent Garden - where it's always breakfast time
Drawing inspiration from the roadside stalls of the American Midwest, all of the food at Farmstand is wheat, gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free. Well-priced with an inventive “build your own” concept, the Breakfast Box allows every customer to tailor their morning meal to their own tastes. Selling a wide selection of pressed juices, and a variety of teas, all of which are made locally, Farmstand stays true to its eco-friendly ethos.
The Black Penny
Open for breakfast from 8am-8pm, The Black Penny wants you to be able to enjoy breakfast regardless of the hour. It’s 9am somewhere, right? With an inventive menu featuring dishes like the wild mushroom and crispy polenta hash, the Black Penny is committed to offering health-conscious food with a difference. What’s more, coffee lovers definitely won’t be disappointed with beans sourced from South London roasters, Alchemy, and several blends on offer at the same time. Inspired by the 17th-century Penny Universities, where a penny could get you a cup coffee and access to intellectual discussions, the café has communal seating in the back, perfect for chewing the fat, and a basement space which hosts poetry readings, seminars and debates.
So, there we have it – our guide to the healthiest and best breakfast places in London for you to enjoy. Looking to find the perfect place to stay during your trip? Take a look at our collection of homes in London. Our home critics have meticulously vetted each and every award-winning home on our site to ensure you're met with the (very high) standards you deserve.